Companies all over the world are using collaborative robots, also known as cobots, to build and shape the world. Say goodbye to dangerous and menial tasks that most factories and warehouses have struggled to fill positions for in years. The future is unwritten and with cobots working together with manufacturers, like Baxter, Sawyer, and Mitsubishi Scara, we are creating a brighter and safer future.
You may have trouble comprehending how cobots are contributing in shaping your world but don’t worry, you’re not alone. From brands like GE Lighting to the local machine shop down the street, small and large companies are using cobots. You’ll find them in fields like manufacturing, packaging, plastics, along with many others. Cobots are assisting manufacturing companies in shaping your world.
Benefitting from the use of cobots, GE is boosting production of its products like the Roadway Lighting Solutions. GE’s street lighting solutions are helping towns across America save money while also increasing energy efficiency. This is a product line that needs a high output with even higher quality. Cobots, like Sawyer, are moving away from manual repetitive tasks towards innovation by automating them.
Rapid-Line Inc. is a leader in metal fabrication and contract manufacturing. From concept through production, Rapid-Line provides every service in one modern facility. They pride themselves in being on the forefront of technology within their industry. The company has deployed two Baxter collaborative robots to optimize efficiency and free up employees for more complex jobs.
Sawyer is being deployed in Steelcase’s Grand Rapids, Michigan factory, where it will work in tandem with the company’s welding machine. Sawyer will work to pick and place parts, in pairs of two, enabling an autonomous welding process. The goal of Sawyer at Steelcase Inc. is to automate repetitive and mundane tasks in order to free up operators to perform more important functions.
Since the collaborative robot is relatively inexpensive and can work non-stop through every shift, the ROI is quite fast. Also driving a lot of new interest in automation is that these robots can be less than the cost of labor in foreign countries. With the return on investment being high and cost being low, demand for cobots is on the rise. The ability to deploy safe and affordable automation solutions represents an opportunity for manufacturers to capitalize on a collaborative environment where cobots and humans work side by side. Since there is no guarding or other complex devices to install, a collaborative robot can be ready for use and on the work floor within a day. The programming and integration are fast and easy, making the set up quite simple.
The potential of next-generation machines equipped with state-of-the-art sensor technology, like the Sawyer and Baxter, rests on their intended design: a space where robots and humans share the workspace, without the possibility of accidental injury. This allows robots to work next to humans, supplementing and assisting workers in their current tasks and freeing them to work on more complex and cognitive problems. It allows companies to keep up with modern-day demands while maximizing their potential. Collaborative robots are the answer to rising demand and employee longevity for the manufacturing world and beyond.
If you are interested in a collaborative robot for your business or would like to demo Baxter, Sawyer, or a Mitsubishi Scara robot, contact us today.